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Women’s way in the World — The Straits Times Blogs via @AddThis

Women’s way in the World — The Straits Times Blogs via @AddThis

Nirmal Ghosh on the 100th International Women’s Day I returned a few minutes ago from a brief but effective event at UNESCAP in Bangkok, celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day. It was effective because it featured several young women telling their personal stories. Each, in some cases after struggling through hardships and handicaps hard to imagine for an average middle class person in a developed country, has risen above her challenges to become an agent of change. Take Amy, now 21. At the age of 14 this Burmese migrant worker slogged day and night far from home and her mother, in an orchard in Thailand’s Chantaburi province. On top of it all she cleaned cars. Her working hours: 5am to 2am. When telling her story, the young woman’s voice faltered and her eyes welled with tears at the memory of how the employer she had been sold to, had whipped her with a bel...

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